Jerry Jones expects to increase attendance at Cowboys games despite COVID-19 spike

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he expects to increase the amount of fans that attend games at AT&T Stadium despite a second wave in Covid-19 cases in the DFW metroplex and around the country.

Jones says the Cowboys have been able to host fans safely and are yet to have a positive test connected to attending a Cowboys home game.

"My plan was to increase our fans as we went through the season, and we followed that plan," Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "We've had almost a third of the attendance in the NFL. I'm proud of that. Our stadium is particularly suited for airiness, openness, air circulation...

"I'm very proud of the fact that we do it safely, we do it smartly. Our fans are really helpful to say the very least. I see a continued aggressive approach to having fans out there. And that's not being insensitive to the fact that we got our Covid and outbreak. Some people will say it is, but not when you're doing it as safe as we are and not when we're having the results we're having. Literally, we have had no one report that they've had gotten any contact with Covid from coming to our football game."

Jones went on to express the importance of Cowboys fans remaining cautious when it comes to the coronavirus, saying, "don't let your guard down." He also said he's been very vigilant in protecting himself from getting the virus.

His comments come after three teams rolled back their plans on having fans attend their home games.

The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team and Baltimore Ravens, announced Monday they will not host fans for their next home game. In the Eagles case, they were allowing up to 7,500 fans to attend games.

As for the Cowboys, 31,700 fans were on hand to see the Cowboys 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 8. That's the most fans that have attended a single game in the NFL this season.

Meanwhile, the judges in Dallas and Tarrant County say they are trying to figure out options to slow the spread of the virus without additional flexibility from Governor Greg Abbott's office.

On Monday, Dallas County reported 1,695 cases of COVID-19 and an addition 136 probable cases; Tarrant County reported 900 cases but has been averaging more than a thousand for the past week.